Years after Biggie's March 9, 1997 death, Kim will celebrate for the first time.
By Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) , with reporting by Sway Calloway (@realsway)
The loss of the Notorious B.I.G. was tough for hip-hop, but while fans lost a legend, Lil' Kim lost a dear friend.
When the Queen Bee appeared on "RapFix Live" on Wednesday, she fielded a question from Bun B, who lost his UGK partner in rhyme Pimp C back in 2007. "How was it dealing with the loss of Biggie for you in this industry," Bun asked Kim in a pre-taped video.
"Bun B, that's a very tough question because it took me so long — super long to deal with the loss of a person who was such a huge impact in my life," she said.
It Took Lil' Kim 'Super Long' To Deal With Biggie's Death
The Notorious B.I.G. was tragically murdered on March 9, 1997 and while his passing saddened the hip-hop community as a whole, each year, fans, DJs, club promoters and other artists acknowledge March 9 as a day of celebration for Big's life and music.
Kim first made her mark as a part of Biggie's Junior Mafia crew, and at one time, she carried on an intimate relationship with the fallen MC. On Saturday, Kim will celebrate, for the first time ever, at club Glazz in Queens, New York. "That's my first event ever on March 9 because I used to get offered events a lot and I said 'no,' " she said. "I never celebrate that day. It's so funny because I can always feel when that day is approaching. I get so depressed. I get so sad. It happens before March, in February. I can feel it coming and I used to all say 'no.'
"So to answer Bun B, I'm just now getting over that fact, and it's how many years later," she said.